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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 




Spring 2000 

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^ Research at NSU 


Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

I have shared with you in past letters some of the things 
we are doing at Northwestern to prepare for the future. 
In the years to come, technology will change the way edu- 
cation is delivered. I do not believe the Internet will make 
college campuses obsolete, but we cannot sit back and deny 
that the environment will change. The future provides us 
with both a challenge and an opportunity. 

Northwestern is taking a leadership role among Louisiana institutions in 
providing classes by compressed video, desktop technology and the Internet. In the 
spring semester, we are offering 59 classes electronically to more than 2,000 
students, some of whom would not be able to take classes otherwise. 

Beginning this fall, we plan to offer our associate degree program in criminal 
justice completely electronically. The criminal justice program has been successful 
for us, filling a vital need in this area and should continue to grow. 

We are also seeking to expand existing programs by working with University of 
Louisiana System President Bobby Jindal. Northwestern officials and Mr Jindal 
recently met with representatives of Central Texas College and with Brig. Gen. 
Charles Swannack Jr., the new commanding officer at Fort Polk. During the meet- 
ing, we discussed establishing a partnership with CTC to expand academic degree 
offerings at military bases worldwide. CTC is already established on many 
military posts but only offers two-year certification and degree programs. 

Mr. Jindal and members of Northwestern's administration and faculty also 
met with officials from Alliance Compressors, a scroll compressor manufactur- 
ing plant located in Natchitoches. Through a unique partnership. Northwest- 
ern provides on-site workforce development through certification programs 
specifically^ geared toward Alliance employees. 

From this meeting, we hope Northwestern can provide training to employees at plants 
run by other companies who are part of the AUiance partnership aroimd the country. 

I have always felt that Northwestern has the best faculty and staff anywhere. 
By using technology effectively, I believe our people will give Northwestern a 
national and international presence that will help the university grow and make 
all of us who care about this institution proud. 

Chris Maggio, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

Springtime is here and as I walk around campus, I real- 
ize how lucky I am to be associated \vith Northwestern 
State University. The beauty of our campus and the 
friendliness of our students, facult}' and alumni continue 
to be some of our greatest strengths. I know each of you can reflect back to your 
time on campus with some fond memories of this time of year. 

This spring and summer will be a busy time for your Alumni Association. We 
will host over 20 events throughout the state and region spreading the good news 
about your alma mater. We have receptions, dinners, and of course, Louisiana's 
favorite tradition. ..Crawfish Boils planned. Also, we will again team up \\ath the 
Office of Admissions and Recruiting to host receptions in the homes of our alumni 
so that we can recognize over 700 scholarship recipients for the 2000-2001 school 
year These receptions were so popular last year that we have doubled the number 
that we are hosting this year. I want to thank all of our alumni who have opened 
up their homes for these regional receptions! 

We also look forward to our Golden Jubilee Celebration on May 5 and 6. This is 
when we will recognize our alumni from the 1950 graduating class. We have two 
days of activities planned for this special group. You will notice in the magazine 
that we are looking for some "lost" graduates from that class. If you can connect us 
to any of these missing people, please call us as soon as possible emd we will for- 
ward them some information. 

Finally, I want to again thank the many alvunni who have supported the Alumni 
Association throughout this year We have been very excited with the response to 
our annual fund drive and our phone-a-thon late last fall. As always, if you know of 
someone who is not receiving the Alumni Columns magazine, please give me a call or 
e-mail and I will make sure we get him or her on our database. 

I hope to see you soon! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Lx)uisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XII Number 1 Spring 2000 

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President Tbmmy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, MS 1987 

Secretary-Treasurer. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 

Executive Director Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 


Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX, 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX, 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX, 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, TX, 1986 

John Ramsey New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningheun, Jr. ... Natchitoches, 1984 

Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993 

Leonard Endris .... Shreveport, 1974, 1975 
Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986 


Shawn Homsby Tioga, LA 

SGA President 

The Alumni'Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter. 



Chris Maggio 


Leigh Flynn 


David West 
Doug Ireland 


Gar\- Hardamon 
Steve Evans 


Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools 11866 Southern Lane. Decatur. Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate. Master s. Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State Universitj- of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the baises of race, color, religion. 
sex. national origin, age. or disabilit\' in its educational pro- 
grams. actiN-ities or emplo\Tnent practices as required bv Title 
VI and Title \1I of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Age Dis- 
crimination in Emplo>Tnent Act of 1967. the Equal Pay Act 
of 1963. the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Execu- 
tive Order 11246. Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Reha- 
bilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era 
Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

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Discovering and understanding: 
Keys to scientific research at Northwestern 

Many people get a confused look on 
their face when they hear that people 
are "calibrating a particle accelera- 
tor," but when a pot is more resistant 
to stuck-on foods and rusting, or the 
lead content of an artifact from an 
historic site is dated, a particle accel- 
erator has been calibrated and used 
in the process. 

People may also wonder how improving 
the "defraction efficiencies" of certain crys- 
tals would benefit them, but when their CD 
drive works more efficiently, they will 
appreciate the fact that someone has made 
that a possibility. 

Several undergraduate students and 
recent graduates of Northwestern State 
University's Department of Chemistry and 
Physics are working to make those scientific 
processes a reality, and they have learned 
to explain them so that others can under- 
stand the benefits of those processes. 

For example, Scott Dodd, a junior phys- 
ics major from Kinder, is working on deter- 
mining the location of electric current in 
various shaped resistors. How might that 
benefit mankind? Dodd says the research 
could be used to help describe why light 
bulbs burn out. 

And Matt Creighton, a senior physics 
major from Natchitoches, said he has cre- 
ated a few new compounds which "may aid 
in making better semiconductors. 

Even though the department is relatively small, with just over 
50 majors, the number of physics graduates is growing, said Dr. 
Gary White, associate professor of physics and coordinator for the 
department. Ten years ago. Northwestern averaged less than one 
physics graduate every five years. This year, NSU's physics pro- 
gram should graduate six physics majors — more than three-fourths 
of the undergraduate physics programs nationwide. 

^^We want our students to be well prepared for 

work in a science-related field or to continue 

their education. And the amount of time our 

students spend doing their research gives them 

that preparation and understanding?^ 

— Dr. Gary Wlute, associate professor of physics 

The department is now producing more physics graduates than 
other undergraduate only programs in the state and as many phys- 
ics graduates as those programs with graduate degrees. In contrast, 
the national average has decreased about 17 percent over the past 
10 years. White said, with the total number of physics graduates at 
a 40-year low. 

Some bigger universities have the resources with which to buy more 
equipment for their physical science laboratories, but that is not the 
key, according to a few of the physics students at Northwestern. 

"What we have, we make it work," said Kristen Russell, a 
senior physics and mathematics major fi-om Morgan City, "and we 
completely understand it." 

Ben Williams of Natchitoches agrees. "There are advantages 
everjrwhere, ours is time — the time we spend doing actual re- 
search and the time our professors spend helping us i^^^B^^d 
what we're doing and why." 

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Interest in the sciences at 
Northwestern has increased over 
the past 10 years, due largely to 
the inception of the JOVE Project, 
White said. JOVE is a joint ven- 
ture between universities and 
NASA and provides a unique 
opportunity for students to 
engage in real research at an 
undergraduate level, which is UBlW 
virtually unheard of at many ■*" 
colleges and universities 

And the students are doing' 
some amazing things — several of 
the physics students spent last sum- 
mer working on research throughout 
the country, and one chemistry stu- 
dent has created a few new com- 
pounds which may someday be used 
to make better semiconductors. 

Three of the students, Russell, 
Dodd and Marcie Kimball, partici- 
pated in the Research Experiences 
for Undergraduates program this 
past summer, which is funded 
through the National Science 

Russell worked on crystal forma- 
tion in Seattle at the University of 
Washington. Kimball and Dodd, both 
senior physics majors from 
Plaucheville and Kinder respec- 
tively, studied solid state physics at 
Lehigh University in Pennsylvania 
and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
in New York. 

Two other physics majors. Shelly 
Hynes, a senior from Natchitoches, 
and Bob Trull, a junior from 
Leesville, worked as research assis- 
tants at the Acadiana Research 
Laboratory in Lafayette, calibrating 
the optics for a newly installed mi- 
croprobe system. 

In recent years, more than a dozen 
students from the Department of 
Chemisti-y and Physics have re- 
ceived REU positions or similar po- 
sitions at various locations across the 
nation, including Rice University, 
Argonne National Laboratory in Chi- 
cago and University of Alabama. 

The departmental faculty are also 
very active in research. Dr. Kelly 

^^Undergraduate research 

is a great opportunity — 

our faculty make sure 

that we understand what 

we're doing and why. 99 

— Ben Williams, senior physics 
major from Natchitoches. 


A $50,000 endowed scholar- 
ship for chemistry majors 
has been established by 
Charles and Dorthy Monday of 
Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. 
Monday is a 1936 graduate of 
State Normal College and a re- 
tired executive with Amoco. 

Monday was a student of Dr. 
Joe Webb, a chemistry faculty 
major whose son. Dr. Randall 
J. Webb, is now Northwestem's 
president. While he was a stu- 
dent, Monday worked in the li- 
brary and in the chemistry lab. 
He spent his senior year as Dr. 
Joe Webb's lab assistant. 

"We thought this scholarship 
could show strong support for 
pubUc education," said Monday. 
"I hope this will make it easier 
for students to obtain an edu- 
cation." Criteria for the schol- 
arship will be established. 

Knowlton, associate professor of 
physics, was awarded a NASA Sum- 
mer Faculty Research Award last 
summer and worked at Stennis 
Space Center in Mississippi. His 
work involved using radar to study 
changes in surface features of the 
earth as well as archaeological sites 
such as Los Adaes State Commemo- 
rative Area near Robeline. 

Dr. Martin Rudd, assistant profes- 
sor of chemistry, was awarded his 
second summer visiting research po- 
sition at the U.S. Department of En- 
ergy Laboratory at Iowa State Uni- 
versity in Ames, Iowa. His research 
involved synthesis of organo-metal- 
lic molybdenum complexes to be used 
in controlling the speed of certain 
chemical reactions. 

White worked with the NSU stu- 
dents at the particle accelerator fa- 
cility at ARL in Lafayette. He pre- 
sented this work at the summer 
meeting of the American Association 
of Physics Teachers in San Antonio, 
Texas, in a session devoted to involv- 
ing undergraduates in research. 

Being able to create something or 
discover an unknown gives these stu- 
dents a great feeling of accomplish- 

"The physical sciences and math- 
ematics have always been consid- 
ered hard," Rudd said. "It takes a 
lot of dedication to get a physical 
science degree." 

"It's not as hard as many young 
people think it is," said Greg 
O'Quinn, a senior Louisiana Schol- 
ars' College student from Sulphur. 
"It just takes time to understand. 
And while I'm young and still want 
to do all these things, I hope I can 
generate some interest among 
younger people." 

"A lot of people are intimidated by 
science," said Ben Williams, a senior 
physics major from Natchitoches. 
"Undergraduate research is a great 
opportunity — our faculty make sure 
that we understand what we're do- 
ing and why." 

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Generating in- 
terest in the sci- 
ences was also one 
of the aims of the 
recent "Psi2K: A 
Celebration of Sci- 
ence," which the 
department held 
in conjunction 
with the regional 
meeting of the So- 
ciety of Physics 
Students, a na- 
tional organiza- 
tion for which 
White serves as president and 
Russell serves as associate zone 
council member for Zone 10. 

During Psi2K, speakers from 
NASA, the Laser Interferometer 
Gravitational-Wave Observatory in 
Livingston and many other scientists 
made presentations and made 
hands-on presentations. 

Russell also led a discussion ses- 
sion during the American Physical 
Society's 100th anniversary meeting 
last year in Atlanta. The society's two 
annual meetings were combined into 
one, with an estimated 10,000 physi- 
cists in attendance. Russell was the 
only undergraduate to lead a large 
group session during the meeting. 
Several other Northwestern stu- 
dents were showcased during four 
Society of Physics Students sessions. 

For those recent graduates of the 
program. White said the possibilities 
are almost endless. Several recent 
graduates are now attending gradu- 
ate school, but others are already 
putting their education to work. Seth 
LeGrand is working at Brookhaven 
National Lab in Upton, N.Y., and 
Brad Boyd is working for Ra3rtheon/ 
Hughes in Washington, D.C. 

"We want our students to be well 
prepared for work in a science-re- 
lated field or to continue their edu- 
cation," White said. "And the amount 
of time our students spend doing 
their research gives them that prepa- 
ration and understanding." Ill 

Scholarship is estabHshed to honor 
Webster Parish educator 

Northwestern State University 
is honoring one of its distin- 
guished alumni with the establish- 
ment of the Honorable Everett G. 
Doerge Scholarship. 

Doerge, a Northwestern alumnus, 
was a long-time Webster Parish edu- 
cator and member of the Louisiana 
House of Representative for seven 
years. He died in May 1998. 

The establishment of the scholar- 
ship was initiated by many of 
Doerge's former colleagues in the 
Legislature and approved by the 
University of Louisiana System 
Board of Supervisors. Students en- 
rolled in the College of Education 
will benefit from the scholarship. 

"Everett Doerge was a tremen- 
dous friend and advocate for educa- 
tion throughout his career. I can 
think of no better way to honor him 
than by establishing a scholarship 
that will enable others to become 
educators," said Northwestern 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "It 
is my hope that those who benefit 
from this scholarship will seek to 
follow his example by becoming out- 
standing teachers and individuals 

who work tirelessly to improve their 

Beginning this fall one freshman, 
one sophomore and one junior will re- 
ceive the scholarship, and up to nine 
Northwestern students possibly be- 
ing assisted by the 2002-2003 aca- 
demic year. The scholarship is need 
based. Those receiving the scholar- 
ship must be enrolled in the College 
of Education or entering into the 
College of Education and have at 
least a 3.0 grade point average. 

Doerge earned a bachelor's and 
master's degree at NSU and a doc- 
torate at Louisiana State University. 
He was a teacher and coach at 
Minden High School from 1964 until 
1974, principal at Lowe Middle 
School from 1976 until 1978, second- 
ary education supervisor for the 
Webster Parish School Board from 
1979 until 1984 and assistant super- 
intendent of schools in Webster Par- 
ish from 1984 until 1992. 

In 1991, Doerge was elected to the 
Louisiana House of Representatives, 
serving on the House Education 
Committee. Ill 

Looking back through the Columns 

The staff of the Alumni Columns thought our fellow alumni would be 
interested in taking a look back and remembering some of the events 
and highlights from the magazine's nearly 60 years of existence. It is in this 
edition that we begin "Looking Back," which includes excerpts from older 
editions of the Columns. We hope you will have as much fun reading them 
as we have gathering them. 

In May 1938, to commemorate launching the magazine, the staff gave 
their reasons for naming the magazine "The Normal Alumni Columns" and 
updated alumni on many projects: 

"Normal alumni are envisioning a greater Normal surrounded and sup- 
ported by a more closely knit alumni group. ... The Normal Columns is to 
serve as a public mouthpiece of those other columns of brick and white 
stucco on the Normal campus, those mute yet eloquent witnesses to past 
educational achievement and grandeur, those silent monuments of scholas- 
tic traditions and ideals; those towering memorials of the best and noblest 
in public education in Louisiana. 

"But ... the predominant aim of The Normal Alumni Columns is to main- 
tain and promote a close and live relationship between the Normal College 
and its sons and daughters ... those human columns that dominate and 
safeguard in every corner of the state the mental and spiritual growth of 
our youth into real manhood and womanhood." 

Still other tidbits from the first editions of the Alumni Columns included 

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the following: 

"The new athletic field is being 
constructed on the south portion of 
the campus. Ljdng between two hills, 
the field is a natural bowl, and when 
completed will provide ... one of the 
most beautiful stadia in the nation." 

"The Louisiana State Normal Col- 
lege during the year installed a 
broadcasting studio and broadcasts 
by remote control through station 
KALB in Alexandria. The station was 
installed through the untiring ef- 
forts of Professor Otis R. Crew. The 
broadcasting station here facilitates 
in promoting radio broadcasts 
among schools and civic organiza- 
tions of the state." 

And in conjunction with this 
spring's cover story about the Depart- 
ment of Chemistry and Physics, the 
following excerpts were taken from 
the December 1938 Alumni Columns: 

"As this issue of the Columns goes 
to the press, the Science Building re- 
minds us of the proverbial stuffed 
turkey of Thanksgiving. All of the 
halls and available rooms are stuffed 
to the ceiling with new equipment for 
the chemistry, physics, home econom- 
ics and agriculture laboratories. ... Stu- 
dents will find a Christmas present — 
fine new laboratory apparatus — on 
their return aft;er the holidays. 

"The mere mention of Boyd Hall 
is sufficient to awaken long cherished 
memories in the hearts of countless 
men and women today throughout 
the state. Many have been the hands 
clapped to ears as the reports of the 
hydrogen gun rang through the cor- 
ridors; many the sparks and crack- 
les of static electricity which have 
emerged through the doors of the 
physics lecture room. ... Boyd Hall is 
now but a memory, and our work ... 
is carried on in the old training school 
building where conditions are much 
more satisfactory. 

"The work offered in science today 
is such that the services of three 
teachers are required in biology, the 
members of the staff being Mr. H.L. 
Barr, Dr. Priscilla E. Hussey and Dr. 
Lauretta Fox. In chemistry, the work 
is being done by Mr. A.L. Ducournau 
and Mr. J.W. Webb, both being A.B. 
graduates of Normal. ... The work in 
physics is being done by a full-time 
teacher (F.G. Fournet) assisted by 
Mr. L.S. Miller, who is also a mem- 
ber of the mathematics staff." 

Baton Rouge 
area fund drive 
is scheduled 

Ellis Coutee of Baton Rouge has 
been selected to head a Baton 
Rouge area fund-raising drive for the 
NSU Foundation at Northwestern 
State University. The drive is sched- 
uled to begin later this year with the 
goal of raising $100,000 for scholar- 
ships at NSU to benefit students 
from the Baton Rouge area. 

"Volunteering is fun to me. I am 
constantly looking to do meaningful 
work with measurable results," said 
Coutee, who earned a bachelor's de- 
gree in business from Northwestern 
in 1960. "Assisting Northwestern 
State University in one of its first 
projects for the new millennium is a 
perfect opportunity for me to give 
something back to an institution that 
afforded and gave me so much." 

An enrolled agent with 40 years 
experience, Coutee is a partner in the 
firm of Coutee and Coutee Tax Con- 
sultants. He has a general tax prac- 
tice with emphasis in tax represen- 
tations on audits, appeals, litigation 
and estate tax returns. 

Last year, Coutee and his wife 
Juanita established an endowed 
scholarship at Northwestern. 

"Students from the metropolitan 
Baton Rouge area are no different 
than those from other parts of our 
state. Many need scholarships to as- 
sist them as they pursue their de- 
grees," said Coutee. "I like to think 
I'm planting seeds and nurturing 
seeds for young entrepreneurs and 
professionals by exposing them to an 
excellent education opportunity pur- 
sued in a family-like atmosphere." 

Coutee says his continued involve- 
ment with Northwestern is one way 
of repaying a debt to the university. 

"The university gave me much 
more than a quality education. The 
atmosphere and environment of 
Northwestern prepared me for a suc- 
cessful business career," he said. "The 
community and its people added a 
positive influence in my life which 

fostered hard work, good business 
ethics, the value and importance of 
honesty and superior leadership 
skills. I worked the entire four years 
of my college career." 

Proceeds of the drive will be used 
to create permanent, endowed 
scholarships. Once the scholar- 
ships are set up, specific criteria 
will be established. Ill 

Foundation Board 
new members 

Dr. Steve Horton of Natchitoches 
and Cheryl Wilson of Wodworth 
have been appointed to the North- 
western State University Founda- 
tion Board. 

Horton earned bachelor's degrees 
in journalism and journalism educa- 
tion from Northwestern. He became 
an assistant professor of journalism 
at Northwestern in 1989 and served 
as student publications adviser from 
1994 through 1998. 

In 1998, Horton became director 
of alumni affairs. He held that po- 
sition until 1999 when he was 
named head of the Department of 

Wilson has served as chief oper- 
ating officer of Rapides Regional 
Medical Center since 1997. She was 
interim chief executive officer from 
Nov. 1998 until March 1999. 

Wilson earned a bachelor's degree 
in journalism and a master's in stu- 
dent personnel services at NSU. She 
also received a master's in hospital 
and health care administration from 
Trinity University. 

An active member of the commu- 
nity, Wilson is chairman of the Mar- 
keting/Communications Committee 
for the United Way and is also on 
their Executive Committee and 
board. Wilson is vice-chairman of the 
Central Louisiana American Red 
Cross Board of Directors and is a mem- 
ber of the Central Louisiana Cham- 
ber of Commerce where she serves on 
the Education Committee. Ill 

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Hibernia National Bank has made a contribution of $60,000 to the 
Northwestern State University Foundation to create an endowed pro- 
fessorship in banking in NSU's College of Business. The donation will 
be matched with $40,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents' Sup- 
port Fund. Shown at a luncheon in Shreveport announcing the dona- 
tion were: Hibernia Senior Vice President Keith Bergeron, Bob Flurry, 
chairman of the Northern Region, Minnett Thornton, marketing man- 
ager for the Northern Region, Area President Harold Turner, NSU 
Associate Professor of Business Dr. Susan White, Hibernia Avoyelles 
President Lynn Bordelon and Northwestern Director of Institutional 
Advancement Tony Gustwick. 

Hibernia endows NSU 
professorship in banking 

The NSU Foundation has received a donation of 
$60,000 from Hibernia National Bank to create an 
endowed professorship in banking in NSU's College of 
Business. The donation will be matched with $40,000 
from the Louisiana Board of Regents' Support Fund. 

"This donation is an important step as the College of 
Business works to strengthen its national reputation," 
said Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr., dean of the College of Busi- 
ness. "Because of Hibernia National Bank's support, we 
will be able to attract or retain a top faculty member 
who will be able to prepare our students for the chal- 
lenges they will face in the job market." 

"We believe a professorship in banking is especially 
critical in order to attract and develop top students who 
will one day become leaders in the banking field," said 
Minnett Thornton, marketing manager for Hibernia's 
Northern Region. "It's an important step for the uni- 
versity and Louisiana's financial services industry." 

The Hibernia National Bank Professorship is the 
sixth endowed professorship established in the College 
of Business in recent months. 

"The business community and private foundations 
along with alumni and supporters of Northwestern have 
been very willing to offer support as we have met with 
them and told them about our future plans," said Aby. 
"We have attracted bright, capable faculty from around 
the country who are producing students who meet the 
needs of business. The proof of the quality of our pro- 
gram is in our graduates who have excelled academi- 
cally and are undertaking challenging work in a num- 
ber of fields." 

Northwestern 's College of Business is accredited by 
the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, 
a designation held by only one-third of the colleges and 
universities in the U.S. with business programs. 

Karl and Linda Moore 
hosted NSU's Pi Kappa 
Phi reunion in Belgium 

Several alumni of NSU's Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity 
recently convened in the home of Karl and Linda 
Moore in Brussells, Belgium for a special reunion. Karl 
(NSU '60 and '74) is an officer of International Paper 
and as Director of Finance (CFO) for IP's European op- 
erations makes his home in Brussells. The alumni who 
attended graduated from Northwestern between 1958 
and 1963 and travelled from Chicago, Smithfield, Va., 
Dallas, Shreveport, Winnfield and New Orleans to take 
part. These fraternity brothers have remarkably stayed 
in contact for 40 years and were able to get together in 
Brussells after four decades. 

Those participating were: Charles Bice, Bill and Mary 
Ellen (LaCaze) Cook, John Echols, Robert Kelley and 
Nancy Coleman-Jennings, Mickey and Sylvia (George) 
Murphy, Karl and Linda (Aiken) Moore, Larry Rice, 
Charles Varnell and John Wheat. Ronald Knott and his 
wife along with Billy Paul Plunkett and his wife had 
planned to be part of the group but were unable to par- 
ticipate because of health and/or business reasons. 

The group each had "uniforms" (white shirts embla- 
zoned in purple with Pi Kappa Phi... Brussells 1999) pro- 
vided by Mike and Sylvia Murphy. The fraternity broth- 
ers lived in a fraternity-type situation staying in the 
Moore's home. Two vans transported them on a busy 
schedule that included Brussells, Bastogne, the Battle 
of the Bulge Memorial, the Ardennes Forest, the Grand 
Duchy of Luxembourg and the American Cemetery, 
Brugge, Paris, Antwerp, Belgium and Monshau, Germany. 

They also spent three days in Normandy touring the 
beaches used for the D-Day landing and museums. The 
group arrived at Omaha Beach at the end of the day as 
the flag was lowered and "Taps" was being played, remind- 
ing them of the sacrifices made by those who fought there. 

The trip was so successful that they plan to get to- 
gether later this year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 

Members of the Pi Kappa Phi alumni group which held a recent 
reunion in Belgium included (front from left) Larry Rice, Nancy 
Coleman-Jennings, Sylvia (George) Murphy, Mickey Murphy, 
Linda (Aiken) Moore, Karl Moore, Mary Ellen (LaCaze) Cook (back 
from left) John Wheat, Robert Kelley, Charles Bice, Charles 
Varnell, John Echols and Billy Roy Cook. 

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"Coinmoj^-seiise rendvations'^ to Northwestern 
athletic facilities benefit students, alumni 

Exciting renovations of existing athletic facilities at 
Northwestern will greatly benefit student-athletes 
in their academic pursuits, strengthen the Demons' 
nationally-competitive baseball program and give NSU 
football fans a top-caliber meeting room a stone's throw 
from the turf at Turpin Stadium 

The project list, announced by director of athletics 
Greg Burke, includes: 

• an Academic Enhancement Campaign which will pro- 
vide physical and financial resources designed to provide 
NSU student-athletes with a higher level of academic sup- 
port that will serve them well in the new millennium. 
The centerpiece of the project is converting the existing 
Purple & White Room in the Athletic 
Fieldhouse to an Academic Study 
Center for the 300-plus student-athletes 
in time for the Fall 2000 semester 

• At the same time, the Purple & 
White Room will be relocated to what 
now is the visitors' dressing room on the 
first floor of the fieldhouse, adjacent to 
the Jack Clayton Plaza. The renovated 

room will feature a panoramic view of the stadium, per- 
fect for pregame and postgame gatherings in football 
season and for special events and working functions 
throughout the year 

• After a decade of unprecedented achievement by 
Northwestern baseball, the foundation will be estab- 
lished to keep the Demon program among the best in 
the nation. The long discussed Brown-Stroud Field reno- 
vation project will begin this spring with completion in 
time for the 2001 season, providing a covered and 
expanded grandstand area, featuring chairback seating 
in premier lower concourse locations ranging from 
dugout to dugout 

• The loyal supporters who enjoy the comfort of the 
VIP boxes for Demon football games at Turpin Stadium 
will benefit from the refurbishing of those facilities in 
time for the 2000 season. It will be the first major 
upgrade for the VIP boxes since the stadium was opened 
in 1977. 

In addition to the aforementioned projects, the NSU 
Athletic Association also has generated contributions for 
the Jack Clayton Plaza/Scholarship project, enhance- 
ments in Prather Coliseum, sprinkler systems for 
women's softball and soccer, storage buildings for base- 
ball and men's/women's track. All told, those projects 
represent in excess of $500,000 in improvements to 
NSU's athletic facilities within a span of 18 months. 
A lead gift of $150,000 from NSU alumnus Steve Stroud 

and his wife, Lori, provided seed money for the Aca- 
demic Study Center/Purple and White Room and VIP 
Box projects. 

"These are common sense solutions to pressing needs. 
The projects will benefit important and very worthwhile 
people and programs," he said. "These are wise invest- 
ments in our future." 

Foremost on the list is the Academic Enhancement 
Campaign, with establishing the Academic Study 
Center the key step. The 2,400-square foot center will 
include study carrels, one-on-one tutoring rooms, a 
computer lab with 10 stations, a group study confer- 
ence room and office space for the Athletic Department 
Academic Advisor. The room can serve as 
i k! ii k ^^ many as 80 student-athletes comfortably 
at any time. 

The second step in the campaign is to 
bolster the Athletic Department's existing 
scholarship endowment of $250,000, help- 
ing not only to fund annual scholarships 
but also to provide valuable fifth-year aid 
for student-athletes who have completed 
their eligibility and still lack a semester or two before 

Renovating and improving the grandstand at Brown- 
Stroud Field is a project first conceived by former 
Demon coach Jim Wells, who launched NSU baseball 
on a path hardly anyone could have imagined 10 years 
ago. Since 1990, Northwestern ranks as the 23rd 
winningest program in major college baseball, along- 
side schools such as LSU, Texas, Mississippi State, 
Miami, Arizona State and Stanford. LSU, Alabama and 
Nebraska will visit the renovated stadium during the 
2001 season. Recruiting and fan comfort will be greatly 
enhanced, said Burke. 

Baseball fans and alumni can support the project by 
purchasing chairback seats for a one-time donation of 
$500 per seat. The donor's name will appear on the 
back of each chairback seat they purchase. 

"Our coaches like to tell their teams that you don't 
stand still, you either move forward or you fall behind," 
he said. "These initiatives assure that in some very 
important ways, we are making significant progress 
that will benefit each student-athlete in every sport 
while enhancing facilities to benefit the identity of our 

For information on how you can contribute to the 
effort, please contact Burke at (318) 357-5251 or by 
e-mail at "" Ill 

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Class of 1950 

Golden Jubilee planned 

It was a time of meeting friends at the Rendezvous, 
dances at the Field House, watermelon parties, walk- 
ing to town to attend a movie at the Amusu theater, and 
catching the train in front of the main entry to attend 
the State Fair game in Shreveport. 

Members of the Class of 1950 at Northwestern State 
College will have the opportunity to reflect on those and 
other memories when they are honored on their Golden 

The Golden Jubilee celebration is being held in con- 
junction with Northwestern State University's 115th 
commencement exercises on May 5. 

Members of the Golden Jubilee class will enjoy lunch, 
a bus tour of the city and campus and a reception at the 
President's house honoring the classes of 1950 and 2000. 

At 6 p.m., members of the Class of 1950 will again 
make the commencement walk to receive their 50-year 

On Saturday, members of the Class of 1950 will be 
inducted in the "50-Plus Club", as part of the group's 
annual luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Vic's in 
the Friedman Student Union. 

Northwestern State University's Alumni Association 
is looking to update the addresses for several members 
of the Class of 1950. Any alumnus who knows how to 
get in touch with anyone appearing on the list of names 
below, should contact the Alumni Center at (318)357- 
4414 or (888)799-6486 with the information, or by e-mail 
at Ill 

Richard Henry Acosta 
Robbie Sue Adams 
Bessie Liggin Adkins 
Ernest Frank Anderson 
James E. Anderson 
Andre Leon Aubry 
Nettie Jo Baker 
Willie Foster Tanner Barnidge 
John A. Baskin, Jr. 
Dewitf S. Benton, Jr. 
Billie Frances Blazier 
Donald J. Brasseaux 
Glennie G. Breedlove 
Robert M. S. Butler 
Wilber Callens 
Sammye G. Carlyon 
Wayne E. Casey 
Herbert Alvado Cherrier 
George D. Cole 
Lillian N. Cole 
Janice Coleman 
Faye Hynum Cook 
Harriet Milford Cook 
Mrs. H. Clyde Cook 
Laura L. Copeland 
Horace Aubrey Corley 
Billie Jean Corry 
David L. Coyie 
Wilma Aline Craig 
John A. Davis 

Odile DeCuIr 

W. J. Dees, Jr. 

Mrs. Thomas Hampton 


Marjorie Graham Doggett 

Richard C. Duggan 

Frances Louise Dulin 

Kathleen Dupree 

Andrew R. Eaton 

Frances Ebarb 

James Buckhannon Edwards 

Hulin D. Elkins 

Thomas R. Enwin 

Laverne R. Evans 

Judith Rose Ferguson 

Sara Gale Fisher 

Leon Roy Ford 

Faye Bryant Galyean 

Kenneth M. Ganey 

Vera A. Gates 

Susan A. Gayle 

Kate Gibbon 

Willis R. Goldsby 

George Hobson Graham, Jr. 

John N. E. Greene 

Patrick Hebert Hampton 


Marcie Frances Harrison 

Kasklena Hays 

Reggie A. Hebert 

Richard C. Henderson, Jr. 

Audrey Rachael Hoff 

Ruby Jean Holliman 

Joan Hough 

Virginia Newkirk Houston 

William Jennings 

Palma Gaynell Johnson 

Harold Wayne Jordan 

Jimmie Marie Jordan 

Quentin H. Jordan 

Ann C. Joyner 

Leon W. Kierbow 

Jean Foeller Kingsley 

Basil D. Kolb 

John J. Lacy 

Ada Lee Langston 

Dorothy Ann Lawrence 

Katherine Emma Morgan Leach 

Michael Bernard LeBleu 

Joyce M. Mack 

Bettye Hope Martin 

Emojean O. Mathews 

Jessie A. Maxey 

Alma Byrd McKinney 

William Hood McLeod 

Eddie Eugene Melder 

Ada Gray Merchant 

John Robert Mitchell 

Robert D. Murphy 

Huey F Nolan 

Milton R. Orendorff 

Quinton T Orsborn 

Jorge O. Comas Pabon 

Virginia D. Page 

Mary Frances Passman 

Clyde Lewis Patterson 

O. H. Patterson 
Clarence Patton 
Wynell L. Peavy 
Efrain Perez Perez 
Lucille Cloutier Pine 
Martha Anna Pixley 
Patricia Ann Powell 
Thurman C. Pullen, Jr. 
Lois Rains 
Iris Jo Reynolds 
Jimmie Faye Riser 
Ranson E. Roth 
Mary Ellen Saxby 
Hansford G. Shannon 
Undine Shows 
Mrs. Julian Cain Shuler 
Lillian A. Sibley 
Mildred Maxine Sibley 
Mamie Mixon Simmons 
Betsy Nina Smith 
George S. Smith 
Miriam E. Sorbert 
Yvonne E. Spencer 
Doyle R. Stephens 
Kathrine Eris Taylor 
Rex H. Taylor 
Ruby M. Tompkins 
Geneva Vivian C. Trammel 
Bernice E. Turner 
Harmon E. Walker 
Mildred Ruth Wells 
Jo Johnson West 
Wyatt J. Westbrook 
Camille Windham 
Hattie Miller Wright 
William Kenneth Yancey 

Roper memorial golf 
tournament announced 

The 18th annual Chris Roper Memorial Golf Tourna- 
ment, sponsored by the NSU Office of Alumni 
Affairs and the Department of Health and Human 
Performance, will be held Saturday, April 29 at the 
Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex in Natchitoches. 

Lunch will be served at noon, and tee time for the 
four-man scramble is 1 p.m. 

Roper died in a traffic accident over the Christmas 
holidays in 1982. A native of Camden, Ark., Roper was a 
senior at Northwestern and the top golfer on the 1981 
Demon squad. He was a member of the Trans-American All 
Conference team, placing ninth in the league tournament. 
The fee for the tournament is $40, which includes 
lunch. Additional meal tickets can be purchased for $7 
each. Cart rentals are $7.50 per player. 

Tournament proceeds will be used for scholarships in 
Health and Human Performance. 

The tournament is limited to the first 72 golfers. 
Checks should be made payable to Chris Roper Golf 
Tournament and should be mailed along with an entry 
form to Hall Adams, NSU Rec Complex, PO. Box 5225, 
Natchitoches, La. 71497. For more information or to 
request an entry form, call the Recreation Complex at 
(318) 357-3207. Ill 

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4— 6:30-8:30 P.M. Home of NSU Alumni Dan and Lilly Chase 
2750 Windrush Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225)929-5040 
Recruiting Reception 

6— 6:30-8:30 P.M. Home of NSU Alumni Jimmy and Rosemary 
Patterson 2409 Benton Rd., Bossier City, LA 71111 (318)686-9374 
Recruiting Reception 

11— 6:30-8:30 P.M. Home of NSU Alumni Don and Jane Purser 
1512 Maple St., Winnfield, LA 71483 (318)628-5735 Recruiting 

13— 6:30-8:30 RM. Home of NSU Alumni Julian Foy 1490 San 
Antonio Ave., Many, LA 71449 (318)256-2066 Recruiting/Alumni 

27— 6:30-9:30 RM. Home of NSU Alumni David and Kim Wright 
6436 Bermuda Dunes, Piano, TX 75093 (972)306-4967 Dallas 
Area Alumni Crawfish Boil 

29— 8 A.M.-6 RM. Northwestern Hill Golf Course, Natchitoches, 
LA 71497 Chris Roper Memorial Golf Tournament 


5— 10 A.M. -9 P.M. Northwestern State University Campus, 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 Golden Jubilee Reunion 1950 Graduates 

6— 11:30 A.M. Northwestern State University Student Union, 
Natchitoches, LA 50+ Graduates Luncheon 


M m y f m. 

"^T orthwestern alumnus 
IN John McConathy (Class 
of '51, '61) talks with John 
Brewton (Class of '54) and 
Harold Wright (Class of '56) 
during an alumni reception at 
the University of Texas-Arling- 
ton basketball game in Arling- 

McConathy and his wif 
the men's basketball tea 
Mike McConathy 

ton in early February. 
e, Corene, attended in support of 
im, which is coached by their son. 

More than 150 Northwestern State University alumni 
attended a reception held in San Antonio in conjunc- 
tion with the Texas Music Educators Association's annual 
conference. Among 
those attending were 
Kimberly Curtis (Class 
of 1996), Nathan Curtis, 
Steve Lozano (Class of 
'86) and Tommy Moore 
(Class of '87). 


Marie E. Toups is 
retired and lives in 
Lockport. She was a 
teacher/principal for 42 
years for the Lafourche 
Parish System. 


Mary Bush Bales 
retired from Southeast- 
ern Louisiana Univer- 
sity in Hammond. She 
was a health and 
physical education 
professor. She has one 


Alma Flournoy 
Rountree taught in 
Caddo Parish for 
5 1/2 years. She 
worked her way 
through college by 
grading papers and 
working as a chemistry 
lab assistant. She is 
currently living in 
Alexandria and is 
proud to announce that 
she has six children, 
fourteen grandchildren 
and four great grand- 


George Wilkinson Wise 
Sr has seven children. 
He is a retired owner of 
Wise Dept. Store and 
Red River Parish 
Credit Bureau in 


Nancy Brown Durham 
worked as a teacher 
and social worker for 
the State of Louisiana 
for 30 years. She is 
now living in 
Longmont, Colo. 


Marjorie Gaunt 
Morehous taught in 
Belcher and in Monroe. 
She also taught history 
at the University of 
Tennessee and adult 
tailoring classes for 13 
years while living in 
London, England. She 
now lives in Knoxville, 
Tenn., near her son. 
Marjorie was also proud 
to mention her two 
successful grandsons. 


Ann Keyes Lee is 
married and has three 
children. She lives in 
Manakin-Sabot, Va. 


Hershal McConathy is 
a realtor for Cherry 
Creek Realty South in 
Littleton, Colo. He 
and his wife have two 


Jack Smith received a 
master's degree from 
NSU in 1961. He 
married Geneva 
Garner Smith who 
attended Northwest- 
ern from 1957-1958. 
They live in 
Weatherford, Okla., 
and have two children. 
Jack recently retired 
from Southwestern 
Oklahoma State 
University after 46 
years in education. 


Laura Long Marker is 
a retired 3rd grade 
teacher. She and her 
husband live in 
Houston, Texas, and 
have two children. 


Weldon Middleton 
received a master's 
degree from NSU in 
1980. He married 
Suzanne Swann 
Middleton (1959) who 
received a master's 
degree from NSU in 
1967. They live in 
CoUierviUe, Ttenn., and 
have three children. 
Weldon is an exam 
specialist for Regional 
Office FDIC in Memphis. 


Billy Cone received a 
master's degree from 
NSU in 1971. He is 
now retired and living 
in McCormick, S.C. 
Billy is married and 
has two children. 


James Cannon is 
retired and lives in 
Cloutierville. He is 
married and has five 

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Timothy Berry is a 
trooper/helicopter pilot 
for the Maryland State 
Police in Frederick, 
Md. He lives in 


J. Sue Chance Gardner 
received a master's 
degree from NSU in 
1969. She is a retired 
teacher. She and her 
husband live in 
Waskom, Texas, and 
have two children. 

Sanfora Hames Hale is 
an ARNP of psychiatry 
at the Bay Pines 
VAMC. She received a 
master's degree from 
NSU in 1985. She 
lives in St. Petersburg, 
Fla., and has three 


Alvin (Al) Moreau is 
married and has four 
children. He is the 
owner of Moreau 
Physical Therapy in 
Zachary. He and his 
wife Uve in Baton Rouge. 

Juanell Savage Marks 
is a training consult- 
ant/account developer 
for The Gale Group in 
Farmington Hills, 
Mich. She married 
Clinton Marks (1965). 
They live in Piano, 
Texas, where Clinton is 
employed by EDS as a 
regional manager. 
They have one 
daughter. Juanell and 
Clinton celebrated 
their 33rd wedding 
anniversary on Dec. 
20th. They are both 
members of the 
Prestonwood Baptist 
Church Chorus, and 
Clinton sings lead in 
the world-famous 
Dallas men's barber- 
shop chorus. The Vocal 


James Dumas is the 
senior engineer at 
Lithonia Lighting in 
Conyers, Ga. He is 
married and has two 

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Tom Carleton takes pride in the work he has done not only as chancellor of 
Bossier Parish Community College but as an educator for more than 30 years. 
And he attributes that "good work ethic" to the people he met and learned from at 
Northwestern State College. 

"Northwestern instilled in me a sense of determination, a sense of pride in what 
you do," he said. "Those were some of the best times of my life." 

Carleton, like so many other North- 
western students and alumni, was 
impressed when he visited the campus in 
the spring of his junior year in high 

But the next four years flew by, and 
before he realized it, he was in his cap 
and gown, "having flashbacks of the past 
four years. This euphoria had set in ... it 
was a strange, eerie feeling. I knew there 
was no way I had been here four years." 

He earned his bachelor's degree in 
social science in 1967 and began teaching 
history at Airline High School in Bossier 
City. In 1972, he earned his master's 
degree from Northwestern. 

From 1974 to 1988, Carleton served as 
an instructor of social studies at Bossier 
Parish Community College. During the 
last five years of that time, he also 
served as dean of the Community Educa- 
tion Department, which oversees non- 
credit courses. He was named vice 
chancellor of administrative affairs in 
1988 and was named chancellor in 1994. 

Under his leadership, BPCC reached 
its highest enrollment ever, with 4,700 
students attending in fall 1994. The 
control of BPCC was removed from the 
Bossier Parish School Board, and the 

community college now is under the 
auspices of the newly formed Louisiana 
Community and Technical College 

Carleton has also led the college 
through a successful reaffirmation of 
accreditation with the Southern Associa- 
tion of Colleges and Schools, which will 
remain in place for 10 years. 

His only remaining goal as chancellor 
of Bossier Parish Community College is 
to secure a permanent home for the 

It is due primarily to the values he 
was taught at Northwestern that 
Carleton has been able to accomplish all 
that he has. Dr. Yvonne Phillips, who was 
head of the Department of Social Science, 
Dr. Marietta LeBreton and Coach Walter 
Ledet were a few of the people Carleton 
credits for his successes. 

"I was a mediocre student," he said. 
"But I had the desire, and I had people 
who would take the time to work with 
me. It opened a new horizon for me." 

And Carleton said the same can be 

done for other students like him. "If 

you've got average intelligence and the 

desire, you can do it. I'm proof of that." 


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lum and assessment 


Lillian Gretchen 

Charlene Wheeler 

Cheryl Johnson is an 

for the Antioch Unified 

Douglas Ireland is 

Giering Flores is a 

Fowler married 

education diagnosti- 

School District in 

living in Natchitoches. 

photographer and owns 

William (Bill) Fowler 

cian for the 

Antioch, Calif 

He is director of sports 

Lil' Angels. She and 

(1969). They have 

Natchitoches Parish 

information at North- 

her husband live in 

three children. 

School Board and an 

William Ray is a 

western State Univer- 

River Ridge. 

Charlene works as an 

independent consult- 

dispatcher for Kansas 


assistant to her 

ant for Mary Kay. 

City Southern in 


husband. Bill is the 

Shreveport. He lives 

Marvin Lewis is the 

Fabian Zeller works for 

owner of Fowler 

Deborah Campbell 

in Benton, is married, 

library director at Red 

State Farm as superin- 

Financial Services in 

Connely lives in 

and has two children. 

River Parish Library in 

tendent of financial 


Denver, Colo. 

Coushatta. He lives in 

research in 



Bloomington, 111. 

Lelia Kenton Guest 

Julio Toro retired from 

Jeffrey (Tree) Ringham 

La Wanna Faught is a 

received a master's 

the Louisiana Educa- 

is a sales representa- 

Valerie Palmere Scott is 


degree from NSU in 

tion System in July of 

tive for Woodford 

a family nurse practi- 

preschool teacher for 

1975. She retired from 

1999 and is now the 

Plywood in Albany, Ga. 

tioner. This past year 

the Ascension Parish 

the Bienville Parish 

principal of San 

He married Gayla 

she opened Basca, Inc., 

School Board. She 

School Board in 

Marcos High School in 

Foster Ringham (1984) 

(Vein and Skin Care 

teacher at Lake 

Arcadia as an elemen- 

San Marcos, Texas. 

who is a special 

Associates) in Shreve- 

Elementary in 

tary teacher. She lives 

Julio is married and 

education paraprofes- 

port. Valerie is married 


in Castor and has 

has two sons. One of 

sional with the Lee 

and lives in Bossier 

seven children. 

which is currently 

County School System. 



attending Northwest- 

They have one son and 

Susan Ebarb Rains is 



are very active at First 


married and has two 

William Erwin Jr. is 

United Methodist 

Lisa Lawson Norton 

sons. She is a 5th 

the president of 


Church in Albany. 

married Grady Norton 

grade math/language 

Professional Communi- 

Allen R. (Randy) 

Jr. (1988). They live in 

arts teacher at Zwolle 

cation Services in 

Bonnette received a 

Martha Rivera Vega 

McKinney, Texas, and 

Intermediate School. 

Monroe. He and his 

master's degree from 

lives in Tegucigalpa, 

have two children. 

wife have three 

NSU in 1985. He is a 

Honduras, where she 

Todd Huddleston is 


professor at Texas 

owns her own labora- 

Shawn Wyble and his 

owner and head master 

A & M in Kingsville. 

tory and was recently 

wife live in Boynton 

of Yonsei Martial Arts 


He and his wife live in 

put in charge of a 

Beach, Fla. He is 

Academy in Kenner. 

Shirley Snyder lives in 

Corpus Christi. They 

hospital laboratory. 

currently working as an 

He lives in Avondale. 

Arlington, Texas. She 

have three children. 

elementary school 

works as the managing 

Priscilla Renee Hughes 

teacher for Palm Beach ' 


attorney for a nonprofit 

Arthur Smalley is a 

is married and lives in 

County School Board. 

Craig Huff is the sports 

legal civil rights 

field technician for AST 

Juneau, Alaska, where 

medicine coordinator 

organization, Advocacy 

Texas, Inc. He married 

she is self-employed 


for McDuffie Regional 


Jan Norman Smalley 

and does volunteer 

Jim Goldman lives in 

Medical Center in 

(1979). They have one 

work for various non- 

Uvalde, Texas, where 

Thomson, Ga. He and 


child and live in 

profit organizations. 

he is the head baseball 

his wife live in 

Elzie Eldridge Jr. is an 

Shreveport where Jan 


coach at Uvalde High 


accountant for the 

is a customer services 

School. Jim is married 

Department of Veter- 

supervisor for the U.S. 

Laurie Weaver Lathan 

and became a father on 

Ida Shows Wilkins 

ans Affairs and a 

Postal Service. 

teaches at Donnie 

September 19 of this 

married Alex Wilkins 

member of Parkview 

Bickham Middle 

past year. 

(1994). They have two 

Baptist Church. Elzie 

Grace Wilson Brasher 

School in Shreveport. 

children. Ida and Alex 

has worked as a 

lives in Harahan. She 

She has one child. 


own A & I Transmis- 

commissioner in charge 

has one child. 

Bobby Matt is married. 

sion Clinic in 

ofthe polls since 1989 

Melisa Williams 

has two children, and 


and has been doing 


worked at the Ohio 

lives in Jennings. He is 

taxes with H & R Block 

Donna Elliott Hunt 


a RE. teacher/coach for 

Malcolm Rene is 

since 1999. He and his 

lives in Converse with 

Protection Agency from 

the Jefferson Davis 

employed by TCUL 

wife live in Baton 

her husband and two 

1987 to 1995. In 1992, 

Parish School Board. 

Services as senior 


children. She received 

Melisa started writing 

He works at Lake 

auditor. He lives in 

a master's degree from 

stories free lance on 

Arthur High in Lake 

Houston, Texas. 

Paula Bonnette Nelson 

NSU in 1995 and is 

food and travel and 


is married and has four 

now employed by the 

continues to do so 

Raymond Freeman is a 

children. Paula works 

U.S. Army as chief 

today. She is also the 

Charles Pardue is the 

buyer for International 

for the Caddo Parish 

nurse ofthe 41st 

director of communica- 

manager of United Ag 

Paper Company in 

School Board. She is a 

Combat Support 

tions for the Arts 

Products in Jonesville. 

Pineville. He married 

curriculum coordinator 

Hospital in San 

Council of greater 

He is married and has 

Deanna McVay 

for Mooringsport 

Antonio, Texas. 

Kalamazoo and in 

two children. 

Freeman (1993). They 

Elementary in Shreve- 

charge of marketing 

have two children. 



exhibitions and special 

Lasonja Bush is a 

Debra Rascoe Lee is 

projects. Melisa is 

benefits law specialist 

Tanya Freeman 

married and has three 

married and lives in 

for the U.S. Depart- 

Billings lives in 

children. She is the 

Kalamazoo, Mich. 

ment of Labor in 

Natchitoches. She is 

supervisor of curricu- 

Pasadena, Cal. She 
lives in Compton. 

the site coordinator for 

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the Space Science 
Group at Northwestern 
State University. 
Tanya married Ronald 
"Rusty" Billings Jr. 
(1996). Rusty is an 
insurance agent with 
Farm Bureau insur- 
ance in Natchitoches. 


Cheryl Givan Lasource 
is a RN for the 
Woman's Hospital 
Newborn Nursery and 
a RN consultant for 
KeyRx. She is 
married, has three 
children, and lives in 
Madison, Miss. 

Dawna Gray DeBlieux 
received a BS from 
NSU in 1997. She 
married Dan DeBlieux 
(1994). They have one 
child. Dawna is a staff 
RN in ICU at 
Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital, and Dan 
owns Sport-A-Pak in 

Jamie Rhymes was 
married in April of 
1999. She graduated 
from law school in 1996 
and is now employed as 
an attorney at Liskow 
& Lewis APLC in 

Janelle Ainsworth 
Neely is a kindergarten 
teacher for the Round 
Rock Independent 
School District in 
Austin, Texas. She 
married Jeff Neely 
(1993). They have one 

Leonard Williams is 
currently pursing a 
master's degree in 
higher education 
administration at the 
University of New 
Orleans. He was 
previously promoted to 
assistant director of the 
Office of Career 
Placement and 
Cooperative Education 
at UNO. 

Melanie Bond Huff 
received a master's 
degree from NSU in 
1999. She is a nurse 
practitioner for 
Freedman Memorial 

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Time cannot diminish the feelings Lawrence Screven Pinckard Jr. has for Northwestern State 
University. Pinckard, a resident of Friendship in Bienville Parish, graduated from North- 
western more than 50 years ago, but the love he has for the campus and its people is apparent. 
Pinckard recently visited the College of Business to meet with Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr. 
and donate a scrapbook filled with items from his time at NSU and life after college. He 
stays informed about Northwestern and was the oldest alumnus to attend the alumni break- 
fast sponsored by the College of Business at Homecoming. 

"After being here for four years, this is like 
home," said Pinckard, who earned a degree in 
business administration. "And when I come 
back, it's like coming home. I look out and even 
though Caldwell Hall is gone, the science build- 
ing and other buildings are gone, this is still 

A native of Montgomery, Pinckard gradu- 
ated from Colfax High School in 1938. At a time 
before financial aid was easily available for stu- 
dents, Pinckard rode a school bus that ran from 
Grant Parish to State Normal College each day 
for a year and a half. He swept floors, worked 
at the campus dairy barn and did whatever 
odd jobs he could find to earn money. 

During his time on campus, the State Nor- 
mal College became Northwestern State Col- 
lege. Even though the name changed, one con- 
stant remained — a dedicated, student-ori- 
ented faculty. Pinckard had the opportunity to 
study under some of the most honored faculty 
in the institution's history including Noble 
Morrison and Eugene Watson, both of whom 
have buildings at Northwestern named in their 

"I had some fine teachers here. They were 
people who were knowledgeable and did a good 
job," said Pinckard. 

The Northwestern of the early 1940s had 
about 2,000 students. Pinckard was active in 
organizations including the Wesley Foundation 
and the YMCA. He was selected to appear in 
Who's Who Among Students in American Uni- 
versities and Colleges in 1943-44. 

"It was a place where everybody knew ev- 
erybody, especially after you had been here for 
a little while," he said. 

Pinckard graduated in 1944. His college de- 
gree helped him immediately and for the rest 
of his life. 

"My education at Northwestern helped me 
get two jobs on two pipelines as a time checker 
and equipment checker and keeping records," 
said Pinckard. "I've always kept record and 
kept up with things." 

Pinckard worked for Gulf Refining Company 
and began keeping books for a merchant in 
Heidelburg, Miss., on his days off. In 1946, he 
moved to Friendship where he went into busi- 
ness with his father-in-law who owned Harvey's 
Grocery. Pinckard bought the store and re- 
named it Pinckard's Grocery in 1974. He also 
owned and operated the S&M Shoe Store in 
Jonesboro for 14 years and a store in Ringgold 
for several years. 

"My education helped me in buying, selling 
and keeping records," said Pinckard, who also 
did income tax returns for about 20 people each 

Pinckard is active in his church serving as a 
deacon at Friendship Baptist Church for 50 
years, a Sunday school teacher for more than 
50 years and church treasurer for a number of 
years. He also chaired a committee that wrote 
the first volume of the History of Bienville Par- 
ish which was published in 1984. 

His ability to keep records extends to other 
areas. A self-described "pack rat," he has put 
together scrapbooks for his grandchildren and 
great-grandchildren with momentos from his 
college days and business career along with 
some of the poetry and other writings he has 

Pinckard retired several years ago, but he 
is not through learning. Over the past few 
years, Pinckard has become a noted local art- 
ist. His work has been sold to patrons in nine 
states and captured awards at area art con- 

"I always did some doodle drawing. One day 
some neighbors stopped by the store and en- 
couraged me to go to an art class," said 
Pinckard. "I took off, bought the supplies and 

Pinckard concentrates on doing local, famil- 
iar scenes which means there will always be a 
demand for his work. 

"I am always starting new projects," he said. 
"I have to do it to be physically and mentally 
fit. I don't plan to give up." Ill 

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Sarah Kiely received 



one child. Charlene is a 


Lamar in Baton Rouge. 

husband live at Fort 

in Alexandria. She is 

master's degree from 

3rd grade teacher at 

Polk. They have four 

married and lives in 

NSU in 1997. She is a 

Riverdale Academy in 

Tammie Eaves Smith is 



psychological specialist 

East Point. 

an eligibility examiner 

and behavioral analyst 

for the Vernon Parish 

Kris Williams works for 


employed by the 

Christi Sims McConnell 

BHSF in Leesville. 

Aramark (Alamodome) 

Alana Mack Bishop is 

Florida Department of 

married Andrew 

which is where the 

the associate psycholo- 

Children and Families, 

McConnell (1998). 

Tuan Dang married 

NBA world champ 

gist at the Mississippi 

North East Florida 

They have one child 

Myphuong Vo Dang 

Spurs play. He lives in 

State Hospital in 

State Hospital in 

and live in 

(1995). They live in 

San Antonio, Texas. 

Whitfield. She married 

Macclenny. She lives in 

Natchitoches where she 

Harvey. Tuan is 

Robert Bishop (1995). 

Lake City 

is an eligibility exam- 

employed by Cinergy as 

Lisa Horst Gros teaches 

Alana and Robert both 

iner for the State of 

a computer consultant. 

5th and 6th grade math 

received master's 


Louisiana Department 

and science at Holy 

degrees fi-om NSU in 

Buffy Jensen Wilson 

of Social Services, 


Cross School in New 

1997. They live in 

lives in Colfax. She is 

Office of Family 

Alicia Thomas is a 

Orleans. Lisa was 

Jackson, Miss. 

the senior staff CPA of 


conference operations 

married on August 13, 

Daenen Henderson & 

specialist for ARMED- 

1999, and is currently 

Anna Sepulvado 

Company, CPA's in 

Elizabeth Crump Winn 

Forces Recreation 

living in Chalmette. 

Fletcher is married and 


is a student at South- 

Centers in Garmisch, 

lives in Aztec, N.M. 

western Baptist 


Tamara Johnson lives 

She is a fitness aide/ 

Debi Cost is the senior 

Theological Seminary 

in Duncanville, Texas. 

aerobics instructor for 

marketing associate for 

in Fort Worth, Texas, 

Angela Young is an 

She is the assistant 

San Juan College 

Paciolan Systems in 

working toward a 

executive officer in the 

director of the foster 

Wellness Center and 

Long Beach, Calif She 

master's degree in 

U.S. Army stationed in 

grandparent program 

the assistant activities 

lives in Hermosa 

Christian Education 

Fort Jackson, S.C. She 

at Senior Citizens of 

director for the San 


and Communications. 

lives in Columbia. 

Greater Dallas. 

Juan Manor Nursing 

Elizabeth is also a 

Home in Farmington. 

Felicia Smith Young is 

volunteer at the 

Christopher Dew lives 

Zachary Slayton is an 

married and lives in 

Waxahachie Crisis 

in Natchitoches. In 

exercise specialist 

Ginger Gilmore 

Shreveport where she is 

Pregnancy Center and 

January, Christopher 

employed by Willis 

received a master's 

the assistant director of 

a youth worker at First 

started student 

Knighton in Shreve- 

degree fi-om NSU in 

residence life at 

Baptist Waxahachie. 

teaching at Pineville 

port. He and his wife 

1994. She lives in 

Centerary College. 

She married Wess Winn 

High School. He is 

have three children and 

Northport, Ala. She 

(1997), and they live in 

scheduled to graduate . 

live in Blanchard. 

works for the Univer- 

Michael Buckley and 


in May 2000 with a 

sity of Alabama Athletic 

his wife live in Slidell. 

master's degree in 


Department as the 

They have one child. 

Heather George is a 


Andrea Lemoine lives 

assistant athletic 

Michael works for 

reservation sales agent 

in Metairie. She is 

trainer and head 

General Electric Supply 

for Walt Disney World- 

Daryl Coleman is a 

employed with ASI 

baseball trainer. 

in Harahan. 

Disney Cruise Line in 

credit manager for 

Federal Credit Union in 

Celebration, Fla. She 

Norwest Financial in 

Harahan as business 

John Henriquez and his 


lives in Kissimmee. 


development specialist. 

wife live in 
Brookhaven, Miss. 

Cheryl Monk Menou 
married F. Michael 

Jamie Harris Cochran 

Elizabeth (Dawn) 

Courtney Nelson 

Their first child was 

Menou III (1982). 

is married and lives in 

Ebarb Miller married 

Johnson is married and 

born on September 22, 

Cheryl is a registered 

Lafayette. She is a 

Michael (Shane) Miller 

lives in Azle, Texas. 


nurse employed by 

hcensed athletic trainer 

(1996) on July 24, 1999. 

She is a home econom- 

Northwest Rural Home 

and works for 

Elizabeth is director of 

ics teacher at Brewer 

Lauren Landry lives in 

Health and 

Opelousas Sports 

social services at Lady 

High School in Fort 

Baton Rouge where she 

Natchitoches Parish 

Medicine in Opelousas. 

of the Oaks Retirement 


is employed by 


Manor in Lafayette. 

Contractor's Source Inc. 

John Dollar is currently 

Michael also works in 

Monica Adams 

as the business 

Jennifer Tonglet 

a student at Abilene 

Lafayette as an 

Baumgarten teaches 

development manager. 

received a master's 

Christian University 

environmental special- 

2nd grade for Red River 

degree from NSU in 

working on a master's 

ist for The Department 

Parish Schools in 

Laurie Coco lives in 

1999. She teaches at 

of art and religion. He 

of Environmental 

Coushatta. She 

Baton Rouge and is 

Terrytown Elementary 

married Jennifer Bays 


married Shawn 

engaged to be married. 

and lives in Harvey. 

Dollar (1999). They 

Baumgarten (1997). 

She is the senior 

live in Irving, Texas. 

Gina Mahl received a 

They live in 

accountant for Bank of 

Shanda Abies lives in 

master's degree from 


West Baton Rouge in 

Shreveport where she is 

Kini Wassan lives in 

NSU in 1999. She lives 

Port Allen. 

a labor and delivery 

Denham Springs. He 

in Kenner where she is 

Rebecca Lloyd lives in 

nurse at Willis 

works in Baton Rouge 

an educational consult- 

Bel Air, Md. She is a 

Monica Pettiette lives in 

Knighton South. 

for the LSU Depart- 

ant for Discovery Toys. 

research associate with 

St. Petersburg, Fla., 

ment of Psychology. 

Battelle Edgewood 

where she is currently 


Gloria Jackson Billings 


the public relations 
manager at Goodwill 

Charlene Hammett and 
her husband live in 

Marcus Mebes received 
a master's degree from 

is a teacher's aide for 
the Vernon Parish 

Talitha Perkins lives in 

Industries-Suncoast, Inc. 

Jamestown. They have 

NSU in 1997. He is a 

School Board in 

Baton Rouge. She is 

graphic designer for 

Leesville. She and her 

attending graduate 

AL^**^^ CcLm*^*^ ^f'^ 2000 / 12 

school at LSU and plans to graduate in 
May of 2000. She is currently interning at 
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. 

In Memory 

'29 Lou Simmons, Hackberry, Aug. 

25, 1999. 

'34 Belle Moore George, Shreveport, 

April 1998. 

'36 Fredrick Arthur Ford Jr. , Apple 

Valley, Calif., Jan. 12, 1999. 

'41 Gladys S. Fike, Marshall, Texas, 

June 7, 1999. 

'41 Ludie Ferguson, Grayson, Dec. 

10, 1999. 

'43 Clarence P. Crump, Haynesville, 

Nov. 13, 1999. 

'49 Howard F. Finley Jr., Houston, 

Texas, Nov. 2, 1999. 

'49 Mary Ann Gaunt Taggart, 

FuUertori, Calif, Oct. 13, 1999. 

'50 Billy Ingram, Robeline, Jan. 11, 


'63 Dr. Elaine C. Lynch, Bossier 

City Nov. 24, 1999. 

'64 Raymond Arthur, Natchitoches, 

Nov. 19, 1999 

'76 Angelyn Yates Allison, Tulsa, 

Okla., May 1, 1999. 

'85 Virginia D. Robertson, Slagle, 

Dec. 1997. 

Meryl Ann (Toni) Sanchez 
Jackson, Baton Rouge, Jan. 23, 

Michele Rice, Pascagoula, Miss., 
Dec. 28, 1999. 

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Like most successful businessmen, 
Steve Stroud remembers a turning 
point which helped the success of his 
company, Phoenix Gas Liquids in 

Appreciative of what that boost did 
for him and his family, Stroud has pro- 
vided the Northwestern State Univer- 
sity athletic program a "kick start" to 
its Academic Enhancement Campaign. 

The Stroud family — Steve, Lori and 
their children, Kathryn, Lizzy and 
Sammie — recently made a lead gift of 
$150,000, much of which is designated 
toward developing a new Academic 
Study Center for NSU's student-ath- 
letes. The new academic center will be 
located in what originally was the 
Purple and White Room of the Athletic 
Fieldhouse. In turn, the former visitors' 
football dressing room will be converted 
into the "new" Purple and White Room, 
which will be renamed, "The Steve and 
Lori Stroud Hospitality Room." 

"I have fond memories of growing up 
in Natchitoches and being a Demon 
fan," said Stroud, a 1981 graduate. 
"And it's even more enjoyable now to 
share NSU with my family. My kids 
already are filled with memories of 
great games and great times. Kathryn 
still talks about the win over Stephen 
F. Austin in 1997 ... she has ticket stubs 
and newspaper clippings!" 

Stroud, who started his company in 
1987, has been an avid fan, NSU Ath- 
letic Association contributor and sea- 
son ticket holder through the years. 

"Steve Stroud and his family are greatly appreciated for their generosity and 
for making a gift which will provide the impetus for a successful Academic 
Enhancement Campaign," said Greg Burke, NSU's Director of Athletics. 

In addition to the renovation project, the campaign also will focus on endowing 
athletic scholarships. NSU awards scholarships to more than 230 student- 
athletes annually at a cost of nearly $1 million each year. 

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